Dry, hot conditions causing problems for ranchers and farmers

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Dry conditions throughout the state are causing headaches for ranchers and farmers.

Our drought may not be as bad as our neighbors in Montana and North Dakota; who are facing disaster areas on some of their land.
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association says many producers have had to sell off some of their herds. They say cows have had little pasture or grass left to eat this summer and water sources are drying up or going bad.

Silvia Christen, Executive Director of the South Dakota Stockgrower's Association says, "Producers are making those tough decisions on their operations. It's going to be a really tough year financially. It's very hard emotionally for those families as well. You see your livelihood just drying up to a crisp out there and there's nothing you can do about it. That's a very stressful emotional time as well."

But in order to help, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released CRP acres for haying and grazing.
Christen says if our area continues this dry, hot trend, some ranchers could be faced with the decision to go out of business.